Known for her dazzling, elaborate networks of thread that stretches across gallery rooms, Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota is having a solo show at Melbourne’s own Anna Schwartz gallery.
Featuring intricate systems created from red thread, Chiharu Shiota’s installation State of Being is an assertion of connectedness that envelops the Anna Schwartz Gallery in deliberate stillness. Presented for the first time is her wall-to-wall sculptural human figure, created by weaving the gallery together with her signature cobweb-like installations. Her smaller, more intimate sculptures feature objects found in flea markets – such as love letters, diaries and photographs – suspended in boxes of thread. They’re arranged, as if falling or floating, in thread that weaves around them to suspend them in time and space.
What you need to know
- Anna Swartz Gallery is displaying a solo show from Japanese installation artist Chiharu Shiota
- She is known for her cobweb-like installations that explore the relationship between the psyche and space
- The exhibition will run for a month, from June 25 until July 23
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Famous for her cobweb-like installations that explore ideas around the body and flesh through materiality and the psychic perception of space, Chiharu Shiota’s personal narratives engage with the ideas of memory, alienation and territory. Having represented Japan in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, her practise links various aspects of art performances; including sculpture and installation practises.
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With an interest in psychogeology, the relationship between the psyche and space, her room-spanning webs of thread link abstract networks with concrete everyday objects. Each one of her installations are designed to complement the space that they are exhibited in.
Her works saw her rise to fame in the 2000s and she has also created work in collaboration with significant composers and choreographers such as Sasha Waltz, Toshio Hosokawa and Stefan Goldmann.
Find out more about Chiharu Shiota’s State of Being at Anna Schwartz Gallery by heading here.